Jeff Schroeder | Explore New Worlds

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Explore New Worlds

by Jeff Schroeder

Jeff is a 2nd grade teacher, and singer/guitarist/songwriter. These songs are fun and include concepts related to math, language arts, science, and social development.
Genre: Kids/Family: Educational
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1. Explore New Worlds
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2. Habitat
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3. Swinging on a Star
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4. Summarize a Story
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5. Addition Facts
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6. Doubles
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7. Doubles +1
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8. 9 Rule
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9. Count-Ons
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10. Solving Real Life Problems
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11. Subtraction
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12. 4 Seasons
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13. Senses Boogie
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14. Don't Laugh at Me
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15. A Friend Like U
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16. I Think You're Wonderful
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17. Background Music Track (Track #1)
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18. Background Music Track (Track #2)
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19. Background Music Track (Track #3)
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20. Background Music Track (Track #4)
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21. Background Music Track (Track #12)
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22. Background Music Track (Track #13)
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23. Background Music Track (Track #14)
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24. Background Music Track (Track #15)
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25. Background Music Track (Track #16)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Singer/songwriter and 2nd grade teacher, Jeff Schroeder released his first CD titled Explore New Worlds back in 2002. Several of the songs were written by Jeff. The CD contains fun songs to help kids learn concepts related to math, science, language arts, and positive social development.

The CD has two unique features. It contains a 24 page booklet with song lyrics (One song per page, so the words are large enough for kids to read!). It also contains backing music tracks so kids can be the lead singers!

Jeff teaches 2nd grade at Ridgeview Elementary School in Sparta, Michigan. When students have difficulties learning certain concepts, or skills, it inspires him to write. "Music can be very instrumental in learning (no pun intended!). Singing is not only fun and motivational, but it offers what is called a 'right brain assist.' Music is a function of the right hemisphere of the brain. When concepts involving the left hemisphere (such as reading, spoken language, math numerals and equations, classification, etc.) are tied in with music, it can act as a vehicle in learning."

Jeff remembers the time when he wrote his first songs to help his students with their math. "Our curriculum involved using four 'rules' to help students learn their addition facts, but some kids still were not 'getting it.' I thought to myself, 'Maybe they would catch on if it were put to music.' One Thursday night after school I picked up my guitar, grabbed paper and a pencil, and began to write a song about 'doubles' (one of the rules). The music and the lyrics just came to me. By the end of that weekend I had completed 5 songs; one song for each rule, plus an introductory song called Addition Facts. I thank God for that talent. When the time is right, the words and music flow freely."

Jeff recorded the album at Tom Hagen Studios in Saranac, Michigan, where Tom and his wife Cherie helped out with the instrumentation and production of the CD. "Tom is so talented, and he had the resources necessary for me to do the project with a minimal amount of time and outside help. He was a huge factor in the success of this project." Jeff would also like to credit Bill Jourdan and Ada Boy Productions. They did all of the artwork and graphics for the booklet, tray card, and disc. "Bill did a fantastic job for me!"

Given 16 tracks of great music, the 24 page booklet with lyrics, and 9 additional backing tracks with this CD, $15 is a SUPER value! Have fun listening!


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Alyssa J.

Kudos to Jeff
Great CD! I purchased it for "Swinging on a Star", but have found many other enjoyable and educational songs to use in the classroom. It doesn't sound like 'canned' educational music. The whole CD is a class act.

Susan Coffey

A Lifesaver
My daughter is a 2nd grade teacher. With a weeks notice, her grade was asked to perform related to Parts of A Story. I searched and found a CD on this site. It was delivered two days later, and my daughter was the lifesaver of the 2nd grade. Everyone loved the CD and the performance! Kudos to CD Baby and Jeff Schroeder.

Kelly Dunlap

This is an awesome CD
Kids LOVE this CD and I have been using it to support students with disabilities who struggle in some of these concepts. It's GREAT!

Tamara Turner, CD Baby.com

I love your Explore New Worlds CD!
To those of you wanting educational, smart and fun music for your
kids, who better to bring it to you than a 2nd grade teacher who also
happens to be a singer, guitarist and songwriter? Delivering light,
adult-considerate and intelligent, yet fun and singable songs,
focusing on concepts related to math, language arts, science, and
social development, Jeff has mastered the market of knowing how to
reach kids without talking down to them. All the while, he knows what
it takes to give kids the kind of entertaining incentive to listen
and learn. If you're a Dan Zanes fan, you'll appreciate this album.

Kathy Jo

What...Just for kids?!?!?
This is even great for adults. Wonderful style and musicianship...

Diann

Learning can be Fun!
Both CD's are awesome. I have both for my second grade class. On the Songs of Writing CD there are lessons and motions to go along with each song. The kids love it. Pretty soon you hear them singing and doing the motions during the day. What a better way to teach the parts of speech! I would highly recommend both CD's!

Ellen

great for first grade teachers
I teach first grade and introduced the CD to my students last week. We did Doubles and Doubles+1, Habitats and Seasons. They loved it and ask for it every day. Within one day, all my students had mastered their Doubles facts! This is a great CD for teachers.

CD Baby


To those of you wanting educational, smart and fun music for your kids, who better to bring it to you than a 2nd grade teacher who also happens to be a singer, guitarist and songwriter? Delivering light, adult-considerate and intelligent, yet fun and singable songs, focusing on concepts related to math, language arts, science, and social development, Jeff has mastered the market of knowing how to reach kids without talking down to them. All the while, he knows what it takes to give kids the kind of entertaining incentive to listen and learn. If you're a Dan Zanes fan, you'll appreciate this album.

Renee Hummell

My 8 year old loves it! The babies don't complain either ; )
I home school my third grader, she loves the music and reads the words to all the songs, best yet- she enjoys the music only where she is the star!This was a GREAT BUY!

Christa


This is an excellent CD for children to easily learn math and reading skills. The tunes are catchy and fun to sing. I would highly recommend it to anyone with elementary kids, grandkids, etc.
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